Following a brutal defeat at the hands of the Wolverines in Michigan last week, the Penn State Nittany Lions came into a very important home game against an undefeated conference opponent.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers hopped into Happy Valley with a 3-0 record and plenty of momentum. A loss for Penn State would’ve meant a 2-3 start and plenty of murmurs on and around campus about the future of the coaching staff. But the Nittany Lions bowed their backs and won a highly-entertaining overtime battle by a score of 29-26, pulling within striking distance of conference favorites and building momentum heading into upcoming home games against Maryland and Ohio State.
Saturday’s game was a test of patience for star running back Sequon Barkley, who finished the day with just 63 yards on 20 carries. His biggest tote came on the final play of the game, when he tore through a tired Minnesota Secondary en route to a 25-yard touchdown.
Trace McSorley once again proved that he belongs at the helm of one of the most storied programs in college football. Although his completion rate on the day was slightly less than 50%, he gained 335 yards through the air and was accurate enough to avoid an interception. Wide receiver Chris Godwin was on the business end of four catches for 97 yards. Speedster Irvin Charles caught just one ball on the day, but it was a pivotal second-quarter 80-yard touchdown that effectively got Penn State into the game.
The squad will not have to leave Happy Valley for a game until Halloween weekend, when they play at Purdue. Suddenly, the future looks bright and promising.